Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Pacific Highway - Tintenbar to Ewingsdale Upgrade

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Transport Mode:Road
Expected Start/Finish:Late 2012 - Late 2015
Estimated Project Cost:$917,200,000
Australian Government Contribution:$584,450,000
Local Council/Shire:Ballina Shire Council,Byron Shire Council
Corridor:Sydney - Brisbane

Project Description

This project involved the construction of approximately 17km of four lane divided road built to Class-M (motorway) standard. It links the Ballina bypass in the south to the existing dual carriageway at Ewingsdale in the north. The project included two interchanges and twin 434 metre long tunnels through St Helena Hill.


The project has improved road safety, reduced travel times, reduced freight transport costs and improved economic efficiency.


The total cost of the project was $917.2 million. The Australian Government provided $584.5 million and the NSW Government provided $332.75 million towards the construction of the project.


Lend Lease was awarded the contract to design and construct the project on 28 October 2011. Major works commenced on 27 September 2012. A staged opening to traffic commenced on 18 December 2015 and the full opening occurred on 10 June 2016.

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Project details last updated: 12/05/2020